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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Relationship between Minimum Alcohol Prices, Outlet Densities and Alcohol Attributable Deaths in British Columbia, 2002 to 2009

To investigate relationships between periodic increases in minimum alcohol prices, changing densities of liquor stores and alcohol attributable (AA) deaths in British Columbia, Canada.
Cross section (16 geographic areas) versus time series (32 annual quarters) panel analyses were conducted with AA deaths as dependent and price, outlet densities and socio-demographic characteristics as independent variables.
Populations of 16 Health Service Delivery Areas in British Columbia, CanadAge-sex standardised rates of acute, chronic and wholly AA mortality; population densities of restaurants, bars, government and private liquor stores; minimum prices of alcohol in dollars per standard drink.

Increases in the minimum price of alcohol in British olumbia, Canada, between 2002 and 2009 were associated with immediate and delayed decreases in alcohol attributable mortality. By contrast, increases in the density of private liquor stores were associated with increases in alcohol attributable mortality.

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